My drawing ability is severely limited to glorified stick figures (that’s a stick figure with fingers, toes and hair). I failed beginning drawing in junior high and never looked back. Drawing is just not my forte.
But for some, illustrating is an incredible (and enviable) talent, such as London-based illustrator Patrick Vale. He recently, “spent a very cold afternoon on top of a very tall building in New York. The view was jaw-dropping…” Vale says of his latest pen and ink piece, Colossus. The tall building was none other than Rockefeller Center, and Vale spent the day there taking photos, making rough sketches and enduring the freezing weather. He went back to his studio and meticulously drew the skyline of New York City. In the following 2.5 minute timelapse, New York materializes before our very eyes under the free hand of Vale’s pen. The intricate detail of each building is magically created and formed onto 3 sheets of very large A1 paper. It was later scanned and enlarged into wall size.
Watching the process is fascinating, especially for someone who has no drawing ability like myself. But even a master like Vale makes errors, as you can see almost a minute in the video (at around 0:50 seconds). You can see Vale begin to draw the Empire State Building, only to erase and re-create it again, perfectly. Simply incredible.
Watch Colossus By Pat Vale